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I’m beginning this Blog onboard a Qatar Airways A380 (QR 10) from Heathrow to Hamad International, two very different but great airports in which I have spent much time this year. It’s my final trip of a hectic 2019, heck, my final trip of the decade.
Yes, roll over the 2010s, the 2020s are about to roll into town. Those years seem to have disappeared behind me as fast as is the land beneath this amazing giant steel bird that is the A380.
It’s just weeks since I was in Doha for the memorable Trinity Forum 2019, so warmly and ably hosted by Hamad International, Qatar Airways and Qatar Duty Free. I’m returning for the Grand Opening of the Harrods Tea Room at Hamad International, the world’s first airport location for the popular concept. The Tea Room complements the two Harrods signature stores at the Qatari gateway.
More of that in my full report, coming soon. I’m certain the experience will be in keeping with everything that Qatar Airways, owner of the airport, does. The guest service onboard QR10 is exactly what I have come to expect onboard this five-star airline. Maria, the member of the cabin crew who looked after me and other passengers nearby, was charming, warm and professional, nothing forced about her manner, simply an outstanding, natural human host and wonderful brand ambassador. Qatar Airways selects its staff well and trains them even better. Let’s call it the QR code and Maria just epitomised it.